TORONTO (AP) -- Before Tampa Bay's series against Toronto, Devil
Rays manager Lou Piniella held a team meeting where he urged his
players to have some pride after they went a major league-worst
28-61 in the first half.
"We're here to start over again in the second half and we're
doing it," Cantu said. "Everybody understands what Lou wants.
We've been doing it in the past, but not to the max."
Jonny Gomes scored the tying run after plate umpire John
Hirschbeck ruled Gomes beat catcher Gregg Zaun's tag. An incensed
Zaun slammed his mask to the turf, prompting his ejection. Toronto
manager John Gibbons ran from he dugout, threw his hat to the turf
and was also ejected.
"There wasn't any doubt in my mind that we got him," Zaun
said. "The play was in front of me. He missed the call."
Gomes said it could have gone either way.
"If I got called out I'm sure we would have been arguing,"
said Gomes, who joked that he was impressed by Zaun's reaction to
the call. "That was a good spike. That wasn't MLB, that was
definitely an NFL spike."
Tampa Bay's Julio Lugo turned a single into double with
aggressive baserunning in the ninth before Cantu doubled off the
center-field wall off Batista to give Tampa Bay the lead.
The Devil Rays then loaded the bases, but left fielder Reed
Johnson ended the threat by robbing Eduardo Perez of extra bases
with a spectacular diving catch in left-center.
"Our kids didn't show any quit at all," Piniella said. "It
was one of our better wins this year. These kids are playing with
some intensity. When you start tasting winning, you enjoy it. We
certainly have to be pleased winning three out of four in
Chad Orvella (1-1) pitched two innings for the win, and Danys
Baez pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Zaun homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six since
ace Roy Halladay broke a bone in his lower left leg. Halladay is
expected to miss four to six weeks.
"We're doing all we can right now, but it doesn't seem to be
enough," Zaun said. "It's frustrating."
Zaun hit his two-run homer off Tampa Bay starter Seth McClung in
Lugo led off the fourth with a homer off Toronto starter Pete
Toronto took a 4-1 lead in the seventh after Tampa Bay committed
two errors. Alex Rios led off the inning with a single and advanced
to third on Eric Hinske's single. Orlando Hudson followed with a
grounder to second baseman Fernando Cortez, who allowed the ball to
tick off his glove for an error. Lugo, the shortstop, picked up the
ball and tried to get Rios at home, but his throw sailed to the
backstop allowing Hinske to score Toronto's fourth run.
Toronto 3B Corey Koskie will spend a week on a rehab
assignment at Triple-A Syracuse starting Monday. Koskie is
recovering from a broken right thumb and ligament tear he suffered
in a game on May 19. ... Piniella will be in Boston on Monday for
the first time since he and Curt Schilling traded insults through
the media. On April 24 the Red Sox and Devil Rays had two-bench
clearing scuffles and six ejections. The teams have had trouble in
the past, too. ... 2B Cortez singled in the seventh for his first
major league hit.